Confederate “Liberty or Death” Flag Captured by Custer’s Cavalry from Stuart’s Cavalry During the Retreat after the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.
Confederate 1st national flag; believed to have been taken from the baggage train at Jack’s Shop, Virginia during the Confederate retreat after the Battle of Gettysburg when Stuart’s cavalry was protecting Lee’s retreat. It was captured by William Goodman, Company I, Fifth Michigan Cavalry (Custer’s Cavalry). He enlisted from Salem, Michigan August 19, 1862 and was taken prisoner at James City, Virginia on October 11, 1863. Goodman remained a prisoner of war and died at the infamous Andersonville, Georgia prison on July 24, 1864. Accompanied by Private Goodman’s family photograph album, which includes a 1/6th plate tintype of him standing with a cavalry saber. Also his kerchief with other personal and family effects, including a GAR medal. The Confederate “Liberty or Death” flag realized $107,550.